While I am loathed to view our men and women in uniform as mere budgetary statistics, I think it is important to remind people that while the U.S. Army represents half of our nation's entire force, we consume only a quarter to 30 percent of the entire defense budget.
- Secretary of the Army John McHugh, during his opening remarks at the 2011 AUSA event, pointed out that while all services contribute to the fight, it is the Army that carries the brunt of the mission in both Iraq and Afghanistan.
Army bracing for more budget cuts, AUSA audience told
We are all alike big kids who like to play with big toys. We are building stronger bonds. We appreciate them letting us show how we do things, and giving us this opportunity to work with them.
- Senior Master Sgt. David Maupin, U.S. Army firefighter, speaks highly of the cooperative firefighting training, hosted by Third Army, which helps to build camaraderie between partner nations and joint forces.
Third Army hosts firefighters training
Africa Deployment Assistance Partnership Teams Program
What is it?
Africa Deployment Assistance Partnership Teams (ADAPT)bridges the gap between an African nation's limited deployment capacity and its will to participate in Peace Keeping Operations / Humanitarian Relief Operations. ADAPT is a Title 22 funded tactical level logistics engagement program that aims to enhance force projection capabilities of African militaries to better support peace keeping operations, humanitarian relief operations and United Nations (U.N.) missions foster positive relationships between the U.S. and African military forces increase deployment interoperability with U.S. forces in joint / combined operations, training and exercises.
What has the Army done?
ADAPT utilizes joint military traveling contact teams (TCT) from the U. S. military to conduct classroom instruction and hands-on training to introduce the host military to a range of deployment tasks, such as unit movement planning, Hazardous material (HAZMAT) handling and compatibility, movement control basics, and air load planning to build host nation deployment capacity via a phased, long term approach. For example, one ADAPT phase teaches Soldiers how prepare unit personnel, equipment, and vehicles for air lift as well as plan the load plan for the transporting aircraft. This phase is very well received by African forces, and U.S. Army Africa (USARAF) instructors have seen vast improvements in the performance of Soldiers on this crucial deployment task. USARAF has conducted ADAPT events in Uganda, Rwanda, Burkina Faso, Botswana, Ghana, Burundi, and Togo.
What continued efforts does the Army have planned for the future?
A keystone of the ADAPT program is that training is tailored to match an individual partner's needs and capabilities. USARAF training includes activities to establish an enduring deployment operations training capacity in each partner nation. Overseeing the maintenance of trainer skills and refresher training as required are part of the long-term ADAPT program. USARAF continues to partner with the countries previously mentioned and is seeking to expand the program to other countries in the future.
Why is this important to the Army?
At this point over half of the peacekeepers in Africa are Africans and the United States has trained most of those Africans to be peacekeepers via programs like ADAPT. Most of the U.N. peacekeeping missions in the world are in Africa, so ADAPT is an example of how USARAF is helping to train peacekeepers to ensure a more self-sufficient, secure and stable Africa.
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